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Wed Dec 1, 2021, 05:47 PM

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles says hack breached 400,000 patients' information

Source: Washington Post

A hacker gained access to the personal information of hundreds of thousands of Planned Parenthood patients last month, the reproductive health-care group’s Los Angeles branch said Wednesday. The breach is limited to the Los Angeles affiliate, and spokesperson John Erickson said there is no indication at this point that the information was “used for fraudulent purposes.”

But an investigation is ongoing, he said, and information was compromised for about 400,000 patients of the organization at the center of the country’s fierce debates over abortion rights. Someone gained access to Planned Parenthood Los Angeles’ network between Oct. 9 and Oct. 17, installed malicious software and “exfiltrated” some files, Erickson said in a statement.

Letters from PPLA to affected patients warned that “we identified files that contained your name and one or more of the following: address, insurance information, date of birth, and clinical information, such as diagnosis, procedure, and/or prescription information.”Erickson said the attack involved a specific type of malware called ransomware that was behind this year’s shutdown of a major fuel pipeline — a wide-ranging hack on U.S. energy infrastructure.

Ransomware is a malicious computer code that hackers deploy to block an organization’s access to its own computer network to extort a ransom. Erickson did not immediately respond to questions about whether PPLA paid a ransom and how malware affected its systems.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/12/01/los-angeles-planned-parenthood-hack/

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BumRushDaShow Dec 1 OP
bluevoter4life Dec 1 #1
Mime Dec 1 #6
Marcuse Dec 1 #8
bucolic_frolic Dec 1 #2
Skittles Dec 1 #3
NullTuples Dec 1 #4
Skittles Dec 1 #5
KY_EnviroGuy Dec 1 #7
Bayard Dec 1 #9
BumRushDaShow Dec 2 #10

Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Dec 1, 2021, 06:03 PM

1. Dollars to doughnuts

This is the work of a right wing activist group. James O'Keefe is the first one that cones to mind. I'm not surprised if they are looking for patients to doxx online.

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Response to bluevoter4life (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 1, 2021, 07:44 PM

6. or who ever is behind "the pillar"?

that rw catholic website that outed the monsignor who was using grindr.

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Response to Mime (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 1, 2021, 11:23 PM

8. Maybe they will out right wing celebrity patients.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Dec 1, 2021, 06:09 PM

2. The Hippo of HIPPA violations

Hope they catch the culprit and publish his medical dossier

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 1, 2021, 07:17 PM

3. it's HIPAA

and ditto

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Response to Skittles (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 1, 2021, 07:42 PM

4. It's ditoo


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Response to NullTuples (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 1, 2021, 07:43 PM

5. heh

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Dec 1, 2021, 10:38 PM

7. Convenient timing for wingnuts.

Might this hack be timed to help anti-abortion wingnuts to discredit and demoralize abortion advocates and providers during this case before the Supreme Court?

Sadly, in the wild world of the internet, we may never know.....

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Dec 1, 2021, 11:58 PM

9. Who knew?

Who knew the anti-abortion league had the smarts to pull this off?

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Response to Bayard (Reply #9)

Thu Dec 2, 2021, 04:41 AM

10. Actually I don't think they do

but they are likely extreme enough to solicit donations to PAY for "the service".

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